by Candyce Stapen @familyiTrips, USA TODAY 3:20 p.m. October 17, 2013
Where can you see a 100-year-old lobster with claws the size of footballs, a 396-pound grouper and a three-inch seahorse?
They inhabit Toronto’s new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. The largest such facility in Canada debuted Oct. 16. Its 135,000 square feet showcases 16,000 marine animals from around the world and more than 450 species in 1.5 million gallons of water.
In the Canadian Waters Gallery, view mega-lobsters, as well as largemouth bass and a giant Pacific octopus. A moving sidewalk takes you through the Dangerous Lagoon, a 315-foot clear tunnel, the largest in North America. Look up to see sandbar sharks zigzag above your head and come eye-ball to eye-ball with barracudas and sawfish.
In Planet Jellies, admire moon, spotted and upside-down jellies as they pulsate and float. In the Gallery learn about fragile ecosystems and delicate critters such as red lionfish, leafy sea dragons and seahorses as tiny as three inches. At the touch tanks and pools, pet bamboo sharks, Atlantic stingrays and horseshoe crabs.
Limit your wait at the popular facility by obtaining timed-entry tickets online. Tickets from $29.15 adults, $19.43 Youths and Seniors, $9.70 children ages three to five. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.